In many places around the world, mosquitos are a huge problem. In specific times of the year, mosquitos breed at a greater rate and are well-known for carrying different types of vector-borne diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, and malaria. In some cases, people even die from contracting such diseases. Moreover, mosquitos are a problem in both indoor and outdoor conditions, and simply attempting to swat them may not necessarily protect us from getting viciously bit. Therefore, it would be wise for everyone to be more aware of the risks mosquito bites can impose on individuals and implement different steps to keep their house mosquito free.
The following steps can help safeguard your house from mosquitos:
1. Use of natural mosquito repellents
Although chemical mosquito repellents can be quite effective when it comes to eliminating mosquitos, they may not necessarily be safe for humans or the environment. Fortunately, there are any organic ingredients that we can make good use of to effectively prevent mosquitos from entering our households. Some of these ingredients are neem oil, eucalyptus and lemon oil, tulsi, camphor, garlic, mint, citronella, and so on.
2. Eliminate mosquito larvae using coffee ground
Stagnant water usually are the most common breeding grounds for mosquitos. Mosquito larvae are often found in them. Coffee grounds can be used in stagnant water to successfully eliminate mosquito larvae. This method usually brings larvae present in the water to the surface, significantly cutting off oxygen supply for the eggs. Eventually, the eggs die out before they hatch.
3. Make sure there is no stagnant water around
Since stagnant water is the major cause for increase in mosquitoes, it would always be wise to avoid formation of stagnant water whenever possible. In order to do this, you must make sure there are no holes or uneven areas on the ground. Furthermore, you should make sure stagnant water does not form inside plant tops, garbage bins, pet water dishes and gutters.
4. Take the aid of pest control service
Sometimes eliminating mosquitos in your home by yourself may become close to impossible in some cases. This usually happens when there are multiple mosquito breeding rounds inside and outside your household. The best course of action in such cases would be to take the help of exterminators. After all, professional pest control services have the ability to tactfully eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and make your home livable again.
5. Use sprays and ointments that repel mosquitos
There are many sprays and ointments readily available over the counter that you can directly apply on your skin to repel mosquitos. They can be very useful when you head outside. However, you can also use them home if you’re unable to prevent mosquitoes from swarming your home.
6. Ensure your feet are covered when heading out
Mosquitoes detect their targets by picking up scent. One of the surefire ways to avoid getting bit by mosquitoes is wearing many layers of clothes, as it helps hide the scent of our skin. The least you can do is cover your feet, because mosquitoes tend to bite our feet most of the time.
7. Create DIY mosquito traps
One alternative to purchasing mosquito repellents and sprays from the store to repel mosquitoes is making your own traps. Dry ice can be used to trap mosquitoes in a container. All you have to do is keep some dry ice in a jar. The carbon dioxide released by the dry ice will attract mosquitoes to the jar. You can then put a lid on the jar to trap the mosquitoes.
8. Make your own spray for repelling mosquitos
You can also resort to making your own mosquito spray instead of buying from the store. For outdoor areas, you can create a solution by boiling water with crushed garlic in it. You can then pour this solution into a spray bottle and use outside your home. However, if you want to make a mosquito repellent for your skin, then you will need to create an even mixture of Indian lilac oil and coconut oil.
9. Wear light colored clothes
Threads of darker colors often tend to attract more mosquitoes than those of lighter colors. Therefore, wearing clothes of lighter colors inside your home can help prevent mosquitoes from biting you.
10. Seal gaps on windows and doors
There are many ways mosquitoes can enter your home. They don’t always enter your home through the front door. You should inspect your house regularly to locate possible gaps, cracks and holes on walls and windows. Once you find them, remember to seal these points of entries. You can even place nets on windows to keep away mosquitoes.
11. Use a mosquito zapper
Not only mosquito zappers are effective against mosquitoes, they are also very fun to use. It’s available in almost all stores, and they don’t cost a lot. In order to use them, all you have to do is charge them for a few hours from time to time. Unlike conventional mosquito repellents, they are more convenient to use. All you have to do it is pick it up and zap away!
12. Use mosquito nets when you’re asleep
What’s worse than getting bit by mosquitoes? Getting bit by mosquitoes while you’re asleep. Mosquitoes love creeping up on you when you’re most vulnerable. The best way to avoid getting bitten is through the use of a mosquito net. You can sleep peacefully when you have a mosquito net set up.
13. Try to stay indoors at certain times of the day
Mosquitoes appear in greater numbers after dusk. It’s better to stay inside your home during those hours of the day to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes.
14. Place a dish of soapy water
Mosquitoes have a tendency to hover around stagnant water. If you keep a dish filled with soapy water, you will be able to trap the mosquitoes in soap bubbles and drown them.
15. Pick your lights carefully
You can use yellow LED lights outside your home to repel mosquitoes and other bugs. Mosquitoes tend to avoid hovering around yellow light sources. Therefore, you will be able to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home this way. You can resort to using sodium lights or bug lights for this to work.
There are plenty of ways to keep your household mosquito free. Since mosquitoes can convey fatal diseases, you should always find ways to repel mosquitoes from your home as much as possible. Applying any of the methods mentioned in this list should help fight against mosquitoes successfully.